Matt Patricia and Joe Judge break up the offensive playcalling duties in the New England Patriots’ 23-21 loss to the New York Giants in Thursday night’s preseason opener, adding a new wrinkle to a hot-button topic surrounding the team.
Head coach Bill Belichick hasn’t named an reliable offensive coordinator to replace Josh McDaniels however is specifically leaning on Patricia, whose title is senior soccer advisor/offensive line coach, and Judge, whose title is offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach.
Patricia known as the plays for the opening two collection with veteran Brian Hoyer at quarterback Thursday night, then Judge took over when rookie Bailey Zappe entered the game.
“I idea it would be a top chance for us to do that,” Belichick stated
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Asked if he is aware of who will call plays when the normal season arrives, Belichick said: “Don’t fear about that. We’ll work it out. … We’re going thru a process. Just like everything else on this team.
“Patricia and Judge each coached from the sideline, and when the defense was on the field, Patricia frequently huddled with the line whilst Judge was with the quarterbacks.
Hoyer downplayed the playcalling storyline.
“I simply listened to my helmet and known as the play that was stated to me. So whether it is Matt or Joe or whoever it might be, I’m not worried about [that]. I’m concerned about what defense they’re running and how we’re going to execute the play.
“The Patriots, who rested starting quarterback Mac Jones and most of their starters, completed with 308 internet yards of offense.
Hoyer was 5-of-8 for 59 yards with one touchdown in his two series, whilst Zappe was 19-of-32 for 205 yards with one touchdown and one interception against a Giants protection that was calling all-out blitzes in a sport that traditionally doesn’t feature such elements.
Asked his ideas on how the communication was with Patricia and Judge calling plays, Belichick said: “I did not think [it] was a problem. … I concept we were on the ball quickly, had masses of time to operate. We had to audible a few times and were capable to do that. There’s plenty of room for improvement. I’m not saying we’re there yet, however getting there.”